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Account Ostracon

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date:
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), Buried in top of ramp, MMA excavations, 1920
Medium:
Limestone, ink
Dimensions:
H. 24.5 × W. 15 cm (9 5/8 × 5 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920
Accession Number:
20.3.161
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 106
The ostracon is inscribed with an account of compensations given to craftsmen working in a tomb. These include a draftsman, four sculptors, and eight artists.The account is done by the steward Intef and marked as "on this day."
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1920. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1920.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 294.

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